200 lbs of marijuana seized in connection with ongoing trafficking investigation

Ana Hernandez, Fernando Rivero-Hernandez and Alfonso Flores-Teran appeared in court for the first time Friday. (Photo: Ohio Attorney General's Office)

MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Investigators seized more than 200 lbs of marijuana and arrested three people they said were not U.S. citizens in connection with an ongoing drug trafficking investigation.

The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force said Ana Hernandez, 35, Fernando Rivero-Hernandez, 31, and Alfonso Flores-Teran, 43, now face federal charges in connection with the investigation.

Task force members had reportedly stopped a car where Ana Hernandez was riding passenger, and found the marijuana inside the vehicle. The man who had been driving ran from the scene and has not been located yet.

At the same time as the first stop, investigators pulled another car over with Rivero-Hernandez and Floes-Teran inside. Officials said one of the men tried to throw crystal meth out of the vehicle before the traffic stop.

The three suspect now face charges in federal court for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute in excess of 50 kilograms of marijuana. They appeared in court for the first time Friday.

“We take complaints about drug activity and drug dealers very seriously and will conduct investigations to ensure those who make a living selling drugs are put behind bars,” Sheriff Phil Plummer said. “The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force did an outstanding job—our community is safer as a result.”

Those with tips on illegal drug activity in the Miami Valley can contact the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force at 937-225-6272.

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